2015 New This Week Archive Stories

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  • Along the coast By: Martin A. Brower
    Planning a new high-rise condoIs the time once again ripe for high-rise residential condominiums in Orange County? Before the recent recession began, three such projects were completed in Irvine and one in Costa Mesa, and then plans for other high-rise condo projects abruptly stopped. While two of the Irvine towers were eventually s
    Thu May 28, 2015
  • New makeup concept, Butterfli Me, opens studio in Irvine By: Jamie Lobel
    In a world where technology has managed to make it almost impossible to slow down, what’s the solution for a modern day, multitasking mother or career woman, who wants to look, her best? Butterfli Me makeup studio opened in Irvine last week, aiming to give the busy, social butterflies of Orange County a place to land for the ultimate cosme
    Tue May 26, 2015
  • Elizabeth An’s San Francisco By: Rosemary McClure
    Elizabeth An has a love affair with food and fashion – two passions that are obvious to anyone dining at either of her two stylish restaurants, AnQi at South Coast Plaza or Crustacean in Beverly Hills. It’s no wonder her favorite city is San Francisco, one of the nation’s most stylish cities, where food and fashion reign su
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Photos: Field of Honor 2015 By: Lawrence Sherwin
    During this week's Field of Honor 2015, 1776 Flags waved to honor past and current members of the military as part of Armed Forces Day. Field of Honor has been presented at Castaways Park in Newport Beach by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor for six years. The Marine Corps Color Guard from Camp Pendleton presented the colors. The National Anth
    Fri May 22, 2015
  • Donna Karan By: Alene Dawson
    It’s not just that Donna Karan is a fashion icon known for her signature brand of bodysuit dressing and figure-flattering separates. She is an icon with a cause – several in fact. She’s raised money for AIDS education and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and has worked with the Not One More gun safety campaign and Clinto
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • South Coast Stunner By: Jenna L. Jones
    The Chanel boutique at South Coast Plaza has reopened in a new location, with a new look and 2,000 more square feet. The new spot, near the diamonds of Tiffany & Co. and the foot traffic of Nordstrom, showcases Chanel’s modern take on classic lines.
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Tie One On By: Sarah Mosqueda
    For the FloristLos Angeles-based apron company Hedley & Bennett is known for designing the quintessential chef apron with the form and function the job demands. Now H&B brings you the limited-edition Gardner Apron. This linen cover has a single chest pen pocket, front double bucket pockets, a towel loop and leather she
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Maybach Remade By: Steve Irsay
    History will not be kind to the second coming of Maybach. Mercedes’ parent Daimler resurrected the early 20th-century German automaker in 2002 as a new über-luxe sub-brand. With a stratospheric starting price in the $300,000 range, the mission was to challenge the emerging offerings from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Daimler predicte
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Super Natural By: David Ferrell
    By digging her hands into the soil, by lovingly caring for her carrots, squash and herbs, Kathryn Agresto helped to grow not just a garden, but a movement. She is one of Orange County’s trailblazers in farm-to-table cuisine, a trend founded on the ideal of eating natural, homegrown produce.Inspired by the gardens her parents once pla
    Sun May 03, 2015
  • Design Finds By: Alexandria Abramian
    One to Watch: Ashley Clark’s Ban on Beige        Interior decorator
    Sat Mar 28, 2015
  • Bonner Paddock By Steve Bramucci | Photography by Shane Reichardt
    Bonner Paddock exemplifies the word “grit.” At 33, the Laguna Beach resident became the first person with cerebral palsy to summit Mount Kilimanjaro unassisted. A few years later, in 2012, he finished the grueling Ironman triathlon in Kona, Hawaii – another astounding feat of endurance. Between training and working full
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Living the model life By: David Ferrell | Photography by Leonard Ortiz
    With her blonde locks and flawless skin, Gray became the advertising face of St. John, the high-end knitwear firm founded by her parents in 1962, modeling in ads as early as age 15. The Newport Harbor High School graduate earned an entrepreneurial education rising in the company, taking over as CEO before turning 30. After eventually stepping aw
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • Fancy This By: Steve Irsay
    Can’t decide if you want a limousine, sports car, rolling cocktail lounge, or Wi-Fi-enabled mobile workstation? Starting at almost $340,000, the new Bentley Mulsanne Speed is not going to be all things to all people; instead it will be many things to a select few. Think: multitasking mogul types with a penchant for high-performance
    Fri Mar 27, 2015
  • The Transformer By: Steve Irsay
    Two years ago, Collin Diller was a full-time college student in need of a new table. Rather than peruse Craigslist or navigate Ikea, the Laguna Beach resident decided to make his own. The son of a retired general contractor, Diller had access to “every tool under the sun.” Working at a lumberyard, he could also get his hands on plent
    Thu Mar 26, 2015
  • Vegas? You bet. By: Christopher Smith
    The true madness that lies within the heart of March Madness, the annual fixation that is the three-week NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, isn’t inside any arena nor in the tens of thousands of offices where otherwise conscientious workers stare at TVs, cheering or despairing over how their brackets are faring. Ground zero for
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Coast Questionnaire By: Steve Bramucci
    To say that Marcelo Gomes is an accomplished dancer is an understatement. After joining American Ballet Theatre in 1997, he became a principal dancer in 2002. In the years since, the Brazilian-born Gomes has put together a string of iconic roles, including the part of Othello, which won him the Prix Benois de la Danse. This month, he will dance
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • The Ocean is his Canvas By: David Ferrell
    Raised in the British military town of Aldershot, outside of London, Malcolm Warner found a welcome escape in the pages of art books, entranced by distant landscapes and the faces of people who lived centuries ago. He studied art at the University of London, earning a doctorate from the prestigious Courtauld Institute of Art, and moved to the Un
    Tue Mar 03, 2015
  • Teemu Selanne’s Helsinki
    One of Finland’s favorite sons is also one of Southern California’s favorite sports heroes. Ducks superstar Teemu Selanne, now retired from hockey, loves to talk about his native land, and especially his hometown, Helsinki. Like Selanne, it is one-of-a-kind, a stylish player on the world’s stage. Before the Finnish Flash sk
    Fri Feb 27, 2015
  • One Door Away from Heaven By: Peter Larsen
    Dean Koontz doesn’t get out much and that’s entirely by design. The author of thrillers, such as the recent “Saint Odd” and scores of earlier best-sellers such as “Watchers” and “Intensity,” says he likes to put in at least 60 hours a week at the keyboard of his old-fashioned MS-DOS compute
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • Bridge to the Future By: Kedric Francis
    Though austerity advocates and recently elected council members may disagree, the architectural community’s consensus on the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park is as clear as the ocean view from the end of its pedestrian bridge. The design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson recently won one of 23 Honor Awards from the American Institute of Archit
    Thu Feb 26, 2015
  • The Tribe at Water's Edge By: Terence Loose
    Photography by Joni Sternbach Long ago, in my college years, I took a class in semiotics. The first day there were 30 students and we were greeted by a bearded professor wearing tattered Birkenstocks and offering a challenge. “Your entire grade will be based on one, final paper. It can be on anything, but you must convince
    Mon Jan 12, 2015